American Airlines is making big improvements for their international travelers. The American Airlines passport scanner app makes traveling through the airport faster and easier.
The American Airlines mobile app can now scan your passport chip and eliminate the need to have an American agent scan your passport at the airport. Travelers start by entering some basic passport information. The smartphone can then scan the chip on the back page of the passport. The app uses near field communication (NFC) technology to securely transmit passport information.
You’ll still need to show your passport at the airport during boarding, but it won’t have to be open and scanned.
This new offering is the first of its kind but we expect more airlines to follow suit. The smart technology is a great way to make the travel experience easier and faster. But you’ll still need to make sure your passport is valid for international travel.
Check Your Passport Validity
The passport validity rule is still causing thousands of travelers every day to miss their trips. Your passport should have at least 6 months of validity beyond the last day of your international trip. If your passport is set to expire in the next 6 months, you should renew your passport before you travel overseas. Don’t let a soon-to-expire passport cost you your trip. Renew your passport early if necessary.
How to Renew Your Passport
You can renew your passport at the post office or county clerk. Standard processing is 6-8 weeks. For travelers that need their passport fast, expedited options are available. Check our list of trusted passport expeditors if you want to get your passport fast.